Brad Edmondson is an independent journalist who resides in Ithaca, New York. He’s published two books, Postwar Cornell: How the Greatest Generation Transformed a University and Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry’s. He’s also written regularly for AARP the Magazine and The American Scholar, and a few of his recent consulting clients include The Private Label Manufacturing Association and the National Bicycle Dealers Association.
In the anthology, he’s published an essay entitled “One Day in Ithaca: May 17, 2013.”
- What made you want to publish in the anthology?
The Finger Lakes has a thriving and under-appreciated community of writers. I was honored to be asked, and eager to join an effort to draw attention to local writers.
- What made you want to submit this piece in particular?
I have studied Ithaca for 35 years as a reporter, parent, music lover, and Fall Creeker. It’s a strange and wonderful place. I wanted to share my view of it.
- You’ve also written two nonfiction books. Is your process for writing whole books different from essays or articles?
For me, books are like lots of articles all stapled together. I learned how to write and spent decades doing 2000-word pieces for newspapers and magazines, and I’m afraid it’s too late for me to change my ways,
- Your piece focuses on both community and corporations, which seems to be a theme in your work. How did you become so interested in social activism?
I attended Deep Springs College, a unique institution whose mission is to prepare students for lives of public service. Once I got involved, I quickly noticed that activists have more interesting lives and throw way better parties than other kinds of people do.
- When did you start writing? What were your first writings like?
In kindergarten, in 1964, I wrote and illustrated a book (in crayon) about a scientist who builds a rocket and goes to the moon. My teacher and my mother both said it was great. The praise I got from storytelling hooked me.
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Bicycling, swimming, and cross-country skiing with my wonderful wife Tania; and traveling to see my wonderful grown children, Will and Emma, and a large extended family.
- How can readers learn more about you? Do you have any social media accounts?